Easter is one of the most exciting holidays. In Croatia, it is celebrated for three days, as well as in many countries - from Friday to Sunday. Apart from being a religious and traditional holiday, Easter also represents the time when the family is together. In this story, I will tell you a little bit about the traditions of Easter celebration in Zagreb, but also about a village near Zagreb, where thousands of egg-shaped bulbs are lit during the day of Easter. Let's go for the most colorful Easter adventure in Zagreb.
Every year, Easter is celebrated one full weekend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Many traditions and customs are associated with Easter. Surely, one of the most interesting traditions is egg tapping. Every region, every city, every village in Croatia has its own local customs - it's totally different how Easter is celebrated in coastal Croatia and how is celebrated in continental Croatia. In Zagreb, many cultural events take place during the Easter days. People spend time outside on the squares and in the parks since Easter usually coincides with the springtime. Tulips are everywhere, and besides Easter, the spring is celebrated too.
Zagreb is famous for its advent and celebration of Christmas, but the celebration of Easter is not left unseen. The capital of Croatia and its main square Ban Jelačić becomes a real gallery in the open. The large ornamental Easter eggs are all over the city. It's impossible not to make a photo with them. All the eggs are painted in the Naive Croatian style, originally coming from the Koprivnica-Križevci County. On the eggs, you will see the motives of Croatian villages, towns, sea, mountains, but also people from the villages and cities. In addition to the Easter eggs, a well-known Zagreb market called Dolac is a place of busy shopping for everything necessary for the Easter meals. Cooked ham is an indispensable part of every table, and you can try it on Dolac Market, as well as the cakes. Oh my god, cakes. There are hundreds of varieties, so while you are in Zagreb during Easter, you should try them - strudel is a must. Do not forget that on Easter Sunday, most of the shops, museums and institutions will be closed. Of course, there are squares and churches with a rich cultural program. The Zagreb cathedral is a place you must visit during Easter time since it always has beautiful decoration.
Some of the most important events are folklore concerts, where you can see folklore spectacles in all major halls and theaters in Zagreb. Mostly, folklore assembles from all parts of Croatia will dance, along with mandatory Easter songs and decoration. While in Zagreb, ask for these concerts because the venues in which they are happening are different each year, and it is interesting that they are mostly free of charge.
In addition to the Christmas fairytale, the family Salaj from the village of Grabovnica, 60 km from Zagreb, organizes a spectacle for Easter as well. Their garden is turned into a fairytale with thousands of eggs and Easter decorations. The place is especially magical at night with thousands of lights. Definitely, it is a fairytale in the middle of the village, and it's for free. So, now that you are ready for the most colorful Easter in Zagreb, get your bags packed.
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